Y2K (squared) Happy New Year Ethiopia!

September 12, 2007

Apple Unveils Logic Studio on New Year.

Major Upgrade to Logic Pro and Introduces MainStage

CUPERTINO, California—September 12, 2007—Apple today unveiled Logic® Studio, a comprehensivenew year suite of professional tools that gives musicians everything they need to create, produce and perform in the studio and on the stage for just $499. Logic Studio features Logic Pro 8, a major upgrade that combines an intuitive new interface with Logic’s renowned sound quality and rock-solid timing, and introduces MainStage, an innovative new live performance application that turns the Mac® into a streamlined live rig. Logic Studio also includes Soundtrack® Pro 2, Apple’s professional audio post production software; Studio Instruments, made up of 40 pristine quality instruments; Studio Effects, with 80 professional effect plug-ins; a vast Studio Sound Library; and a powerful set of production utilities.

“From the fun and intuitive GarageBand to the all new Logic Studio, there’s never been a better time to be a musician on the Mac,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “For less than $500, Logic Studio transforms the Mac into the most powerful musical instrument in the world.”

At the heart of Logic Studio is Logic Pro 8, now with an intuitive single-window interface for instant access to powerful music creation and production functions, including snap-to-transient selection and sample accurate editing directly in the Arrange window. New audio production tools such as Quick Swipe Comping and dynamic channel strip creation speed up common tasks. Logic Pro 8 also includes end-to-end surround production capabilities with innovative surround panning controls, multichannel tracks and busses, and support for True Surround software instruments and effects.

MainStage turns the Mac into a powerful live performance rig that produces reliable, consistent sound—whether music is being made at home, in a rehearsal space, or in front of an audience. Screen controls link software plug-ins to hardware knobs, faders and buttons, so musicians can use their favorite gear while performing live. An easy-to-read interactive display, designed for distant viewing in dim light, shows exactly the information needed on stage. Professional templates simplify set-up giving musicians more time to explore and create their own unique sounds.

Soundtrack Pro 2 is the musician’s bridge to sound for picture with professional editing tools and seamless film and video integration that simplifies every aspect of the audio post production process. Musicians can compose their score in Logic Pro 8 then use Soundtrack Pro 2 to edit dialog, design sound effects and complete the mix in cinematic sound.

Studio Instruments with 40 instrument plug-ins enable musicians to access and play almost any sound imaginable, including enhanced versions of Ultrabeat, Sculpture and ES2 synthesizers, and the EXS24 sampler. Studio Effects include a new Delay Designer plug-in that offers in-depth control over individual delay taps, and Space Designer, now with True Surround enhancements for multichannel audio processing. Logic Studio gives musicians a vast Studio Sound Library, featuring content from the five Jam Pack® collections and Final Cut Studio® 2, for a total of 18,000 Apple Loops, 1,300 EXS instruments and 5,000 sound effects that span a huge variety of genres and styles. Production utilities include WaveBurner for CD mastering, Compressor 3 for surround encoding, an Apple Loops utility and a new Impulse Response utility for capturing the acoustics of real performance spaces.

Pricing & Availability
Logic Studio is now available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Registered Logic Pro 7 users can upgrade to Logic Studio for $199 (US). Customers who purchased Logic Pro 7 on or after August 1, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to Logic Studio ($9.95 shipping & handling). Full system requirements and more information on Logic Studio including a list of certified, compatible hardware and software, can be found at www.apple.com/logicstudio

That was a press release, now check out the headline about Ethiopia here! 

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Dear Real Steve Jobs… Thank you for iLife ’08.

August 8, 2007

red buttons Dear Real Steve Jobs,

Thank you. The iLife ’08 released today looks to be the most revolutionary media software package on earth. The iMacs… incredible, .Mac – Thank god, Numbers – expected, but thanks. All is all, iLife ’08 fills in the gaps that the Leopard keynote was missing, and then some. iMovie… who is that guy who simply came up with this idea, the idea that changed media forever? I want to buy him a gift on Facebook, and then buy him a real one, doesn’t matter what it is, a beer, candy, a rainbow, whatever he wants. He deserves it. He deserves to go on more vacations. Send him to india, the pyramids, the wall, stonehenge. I’m interested to see what he comes up with. iThink we all are.

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New iMac, iLife, .Mac, Adsense, Google Maps and what else!

August 7, 2007

Apple says…

iMac sets new standards for elegance and power. It packs a complete, high-performance computer into its all-in-one design. With its anodized aluminum frame and glass cover, it’s striking to behold. The glossy widescreen display — available in 20- and 24-inch sizes — makes photos and movies come alive with rich color. The use of recyclable glass and aluminum makes iMac friendlier to the environment, too.

Also, iLife & .Mac, Adsense,. Google Maps, more!


iPhone. “Strictly handheld is the style iGo” LIVE in NYC. 6/29/07

June 29, 2007

Steve J come & rock the sure shot… with a lotta PR and a little iPhone.

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All WWDC 2007 live streams: Steve Jobs & Apple Announcement.

June 11, 2007

steve jobs 2007

Here are all the LIVE coverage links for WWDC 2007 in SF, CA.

MacDailyNews will feature live coverage of Apple’s WWDC Keynote presentation by Steve Jobs. Live updates will be available via a special text-only “lite” page here:

http://www.macdailynews.com/wwdc_2007_keynote.html

Shortly before the presentation, the MacDailyNews home page will redirect to the WWDC coverage page in order to help minimize server load. Shortly after the presentation, MacDailyNews will return as normal.

We will, of course, be updating as usual before and after Jobs’ keynote.

As with Macworld Expo and WWDC keynotes in the recent past, Apple will not be providing a real-time webcast or satellite broadcast. It is expected that Apple will post a QuickTime of Jobs’ keynote on their web site later today.

See you today at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT!

Other live text coverage options:
http://live.macnn.com/
http://www.gizmodo.com/
http://techdigest.tv/2007/06/wwdc07_live_blo.html
http://live.sitening.com/wwdc2007
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/11/steve-jobs-live-from-wwdc-2007/
http://www.macrumorslive.com/
http://www.applegazette.com/live/
http://www.slashgear.com/live-coverage-of-wwdc-2007-keynote-on-june-11-at-slashgear-045559.php
http://www.iphonealley.com/news/wwdc-2007-keynote-live-audio-stream (service overloading so far)
http://events.hardmac.com/

Thanks to macdailynews for posting this information, if you come across another site e-mail us or them and we will have the links updated. Thanks!

possible Twitter link i found for readers… HERE. (Article on Twitter/jaiku)

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15,000 page views for the 100th post.

June 8, 2007

Hi readers,

Thanks for keeping up to date with Apple, Inc. & Things i Think. This is the 100th post for Thunk Different since we began posting on April 20th, 2007. We also reached over 15,000 views yesterday, added Digg, del.icio,us,bob thunk FARK, newsvine, and other RSS readers to the base of every posting starting yesterday. If you go back and check you will see a few more than that b/c i added them on popular posts.

What has ThunkDifferent done thus far?

Gotten the word out. The amount of news that Apple & readers like you come up with is astounding. It is so much fun to write about and thanks for the questions, i always love to get fan mail. i’m sure i will be better to keep better track of all of the other Apple RSS feeds now as i recent downloaded a news reader myself, turning 2.0 is a journey, not a destination. (or at least one i fully understand at this time anyway.)

What can we expect in the near future?

The Thunk Different podcast. Fo’ Sure. i started podcasting in January of last year if you would like to check out some of my old shows, just google “expatpodcast” or go to expatpodcast.blogspot.com. i have moved over to wordpress since then and am glad to say i am quite happy with them.

thunk mariaWhat is 20weblogs?

20 weblogs is a new 2.0 web community of independent bloggers networking media channel throughout the web. Unlike most other blogging outfits, 20weblogs is not a profit driven collective. If you would like to find out more about them, go to 20weblogs.com and request an invitation.

WWDC, Whatcha think?!

Oh hell, i don’t know. i think that leopard will (hope) surprise. i have been reading about its architecture on some of the developer blogs and they have some interesting things to say. i personally think that in the next year we will see smaller more energy efficient chips from intel and AMD, touch screen imacs, and a big update to .mac service with iphone integration into the laptops, Apple TV, and more Google apps.

Tell us about the iPhone.

Oh, just read my posts and the links about from two days ago, not hot off the presses, but as current & steamy as anyone else has.

Tell us more!!!

i will, just keep reading and asking questions and i will get back to you personally, i just added jaiku today too, so keep posted by reading one of the hardest things i am working on right now. The Thunk Different. Blog.

For questions 0r contact information please go to the guestbook or email me on facebook, jaiku, gmail, or the RSS reader of your choice below.

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Apple & Google = Green $$$

June 7, 2007

al gore apple googleWith Apple sharing it’s board room with both a former vice-president, Al Gore, and Google CEO, Eric Schmidt it is easy to see how the cutting edge application and green movement have become an integral part of the Apple business plan. Face it, they are smarter than, “the smartest people in the room.” Is this new collaboration just the tip of the ice berg or is this it for Google and Apple, or Googapplications?

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